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Choosing the fabric for your blind

Choosing the fabric for your blind

Amid all the discussion around blind types and blind mechanisms from roller blinds to dual roller blinds to motorised or chain operated, it’s important not to forget one of the most essential elements of choosing the right blind; the fabric!

Fabric plays a crucial role in creating blinds that will not only function well but will look right in your interior.

Most retailers and suppliers will offer a range of innovative fabrics, many of them Australian made. There’s a wide variety to choose from, each offering a different aesthetic and function, so it pays to research your options extensively before making your selection.

Block out fabrics are one of the most popular blind fabrics in the Australian market, and are great for blinds in rooms with a lot of exposure to sunlight, while also offering good insulation. They offer complete privacy, day and night. Another good option in rooms where solar glare protection is needed but an outside view is also preferred, sunscreen fabrics allow for the control of heat and light as well as an outside view.

Translucents and sheers are also in high demand for blinds, for both aesthetic and functional reasons. Translucent fabrics provide daytime privacy whilst screening out harsh light and diffusing the light entering the room. Sheer fabrics are lightweight open weave fabrics that create softly filtered light.

When it comes to the appearance and fashion element of your blind, colouris key. Naturals and neutrals remain ongoing favourites, but if you’re after something with more impact, colours and patterns are also very workable for most blinds. And of course, if you opt for a plain colour, remember that plain doesn’t have to mean boring; many plains are available in a variety of textures, with stripes and patterns woven into the fabric.

Patterns are a great way to make a statement with your interior décor and are certainly making a comeback. Botanicals and florals remain classic favourites, while geometrics are currently on trend. Depending on the scale of your blinds and the size of your room, you may want to opt for larger scale patterns or smaller, more detailed ones.

Choosing the fabric for your blind

Stripes are another favourite that won’t go out of fashion easily and are also helpful in creating clever illusions. For example,vertical stripes are a great way to give the impression of height to a room, while similarly horizontal stripes will make the windows and the entire interior appear wider.

Aside from their functional and visual benefits, fabrics are should usually be expected to adhere to certain standards. Most good quality blind fabrics are designed to withstand Australia’s harsh climate and can usually be expected to feature; a five year warranty, fire retardant and non-flammable properties; dust resistance, stain resistance, UV and fade resistance, bacteria and mould resistance.

The great thing about the fabric ranges on offer these days is that they’re usually specifically designed to offer matching blind and curtain fabrics, enabling you to coordinate your fabrics throughout your home décor scheme.

Double duty: the benefits of dual rollers

If you’re in the market for cheap blinds (and by cheap, it goes without saying that we don’t mean poor quality!) it’s likely you’re looking to get as much from your blinds that you can.

Cue the very clever and innovative concept of the dual roller blind.

Also sometimes referred to as double roller blinds or double view blinds, dual roller blinds have the great advantage of doing two jobs for the price of one! Typically dual rollers entail one blind in a sunscreen or translucent fabric, hung together with another in a blockout fabric.They are the ultimate double blinds for bringing privacy and extra insulation to your home. Given the solar glare that is a hazard unique to the Australian market, particularly in the summer months, dual rollers’ ability to protect occupants and interior furnishings and accessories is undoubtedly a bonus. In winter, they also provide a very useful extra insulating layer.

In short, the dual roller is a highly functional product that also provides a clean, stylish look. They are not always the first window covering that homeowners consider, but once persuaded of their multiple functionality and clear value for money, they frequently end up considering them a favourite. Those clients who have installed these nifty window coverings in their homes often report that the mix of a sheer translucent fabric and a blockout in the same colour has a pleasing visual effect; but many also like to combine two co-ordinating colours cherry-picked from their interior décor palette. Double view blinds can be installed neatly into window recesses or onto the face of windows and are typically chain operated.

Dual roller blinds

And while you may be tempted to think ‘two’s company, but three’s a crowd’, don’t be surprised to learn that dual roller blinds are so neat and unobtrusive that they can also be successfully combined with curtains of all descriptions, from sheers to linens to heavier silken fabrics. Far from creating ‘overkill’, the curtains can have a wonderfully softening effect on the whole window treatment, making double rollers adaptable to ‘softer’ zones of the home such as bedrooms and lounges.

To sum up, dual roller blinds, allow you to switch between blockout blinds for total privacy and darkness, to transparent sunscreens for letting in daylight into your interior, while also enjoying outside views. They are a good way to optimise light levels in any room of the house, and with so many sunscreen and blockout fabrics to choose from, as well as a wide range of colours, double rollers are a great variety of cheap blinds that will optimise the functionality and style of your home.

To care for your dual roller blinds, vacuum them with a brush attachment or wash with a clean damp cloth and mild detergent. Most fabrics used for this style of blind are sanitised and mould resistant while many are fire retardant. This makes dual roller blinds an ideal choice for wet or ‘hot’ areas such as kitchens and bathrooms.